On 10th January, the Ceremony of New Year’s Lectures (Kousho Hajime) was held at Imperial Palace.
This ceremony is that the Emperor and the members of Imperial Family listen to expert lectures in the fields of human, social and natural sciences.
About the Ceremony of New Year’s Lectures (Imperial Household Agency Website)
This year, Their Majesties and Their Imperial Highnesses listened to the lectures delivered by Mr. Koichi Nagayama, Curator of Printing Museum, Mr. Kazuo Sugeno, President of The Japan Institute for Labor Policy and Training and Dr. Makoto Kobayasi, Special Honorary Professor at High Energy Accelerator Research Organization.
On 8th January, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko met with HE Mr. Recep Tayyip ERDOĞAN, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey and his wife at Imperial Palace.
On 2nd January, HIM Emperor Akihito and other members of Imperial Family appeared at People’s Greeting of New Year at Imperial Palace. Over 81,500 people gathered at Imperial Palace.
HIH Crown Princess Masako and HIH Crown Prince Naruhito
HIH Princess Hanako and HIH Crown Princess Masako
HIH Princess Kiko, HIH Princess Mako and HIH Princess Akiko
HIH Princess Kiko and HIH Princess Mako
HIH Princess Noriko, HIH Princess Tsuguko and HIH Princess Hisako
On 1st January, HIM Emperor Akihito and other members of Imperial Family attended the Ceremony of celebrating New Year as State Act at Imperial Palace.
HIM Emperor Akihito and other members of Imperial Family were greeted by the representatives of the government, the legislature, the justice and the foreign countries.
Imperial Household Agency released His Majesty the Emperor’s New Year Thoughts in English on Imperial Household Agency Website.